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This is a special issue on the African Union (AU), published in the year when our continental Union is celebrating ten years of its existence. The articles included in this issue are not focused on mere birthday praises and wishes, however. They contain frank descriptions and discussions of problems, policies and procedures. They do acknowledge improvements and successes, but they also deal with challenges and failures.
By Sizwile Makhuba
In Algiers on 18th June 2000, Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Seyoum Mesfin, and his Eritrean counterpart, Haile Woldetensae, signed a peace agreement that ended a two-year war over the disputed demarcation of their common border. Both sides lost tens of thousands of soldiers, more than a million civilians were displaced and thousands were forced to seek refuge across the Sudanese border.